Saturday, March 31, 2012


Riley has really been into tents these days. At least once a day he asks if we can build a tent.  Sometimes the answer is 'yes' and other times it's, 'let's wait a little bit' in hopes that he might forget (which rarely happens)!  And, if by chance we have built a tent then it usually stays up for a few days so we don't have to build it all the time!  Only slight repairs are needed on a daily basis if it gets left up. 

So, this was our tent we built the other day. 

I'm pretty sure he finds every available blanket, pillow, stuffed animal, chair, toy, etc. to build these tents.  You see, it has to be dark...and then we have to find a flashlight because it's too dark!  Go figure!  And who really needs a door!?  There can be NO opening left uncovered!  I didn't get a picture of the other side of this tent, but he brought out ALL stuffed animals, a mountain (from his train set), ALL the pillows from the couches and his from his bed, AND even the dirty clothes that has been sorted out in his and Carter's room (because I was doing laundry this day)!  Took me a little while to figure out where those piles of clothes went! =)

Then, once built we have to count!  He wants to play hide and seek.  We count and he hides.  I'll give you a wild guess where he'll never guess! ;o)  So, we count REALLY slow and then go 'find' him.  He loves it!  And we have to do this over and over again!  It does get limited, however!

Amazing what kind of fun you can have with only blankets and pillows! 

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Carter {6 months}

I'm a little behind on blogging.  (In case you've been checking!)  Last week the boys and I spent the week in Kansas.  And while we were there Carter turned 6 months old! 

It was a rainy week, but we still managed to sneak in a quick photo shoot with the lovely Andrea!  She does a great job and we love her!  You should check her out if you're in the Wichita/Newton area!  Here's a a few of my favorite shots she snapped!  Thanks Andrea! ;o)

I snapped a few of my own too.  Not quite the professional shots, but we can't all be pros, right!?  Otherwise they wouldn't have a job! ;o)

At 6 months Carter:
-weighs 12 lbs. 13 oz and is 23" long
-wears size 3 month clothes (and an occasional NB sleeper!)
-rolls over (when no one is looking!)
-just started eating some cereal
-still waking up once at night (and not always at the same time!)

-can scoot across the room on his back (it's quite amusing to watch!)
-starting to find his big brother somewhat entertaining
-has a big gummy-cheesy smile that we love!

                                                                   -still has blue eyes!
-loves to put everything into his mouth
-takes 2 or 3 naps a day
-lets us know when he is DONE with something (quite emphatically, I might add!)

It's so fun to see his personality come to life!  Riley can get him laughing pretty good sometimes if he's in the right mood!  It's so fun to hear them 'playing' together from the other room.  Riley always calls him Brother.  Rarely does the name Carter come out of Riley's mouth.  And, Riley always wants Brother to look at him!  Which usually means, "turn him around Mom so I can see Brother's eyes." Pretty sweet the bond you can see developing between the two!  I hope it gets stronger and stronger as the years go by!

Friday, March 16, 2012


We decided to break out the cereal for Carter this past week.  We thought maybe it would help him sleep through the night a little bit better having a fuller tummy.  The first night he did!  Then the next night he was up again.  Boo!  He is getting better though and not waking up quite so early.  I think we're on our way back to a full night of sleep!
I'm thinking he's not going to be quite the eater that Riley was.  It's work to get him to eat the whole bowl of cereal--and when I say whole bowl, it's like 1 T. of cereal! 

But, maybe he'll change his mind when he actually gets some food with a bit of flavor to it!  I know I would!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Naps & Park Fun

Riley decided it was nap time the other day with Carter.  He got a blanket and covered them both up for a nap!

It was pretty cute!  He wanted me to lay down and take a nap too--which I am perfectly fine with taking a nap--but not when it's time for bed! =)  Plus, who was going to take a picture then!?

It's been really nice here the last several days and Riley keeps begging to go the park.  There is one not too far from our house, but during the day it's not as convenient to go play since it's right next to the school.  We did manage to sneak in a Sonic drink and a little bit of play time before the kids came out for recess.  Riley was bummed to have to leave so soon, but we also were about to blow away!  Carter just snoozed in his car seat while we played.

Hopefully this nice weather sticks around for awhile!